Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making, Second Edition / Edition 2

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<p>Increasingly sophisticated technology and an ever-expand-ing base of knowledge have not been enough to allow humans to halt the worldwide progression of environmental degradation. Extensive fieldwork in both Africa and the United States convinced Allan Savory that neither the forces of nature nor commonly blamed culprits-overpopulation, poor farming practices, lack of financial support-were causing the decline of once-healthy ecosystems. He also noted that once land has become degraded, leaving it alone seldom helps revitalize it. Savory eventually came to realize that on the most fundamental level, environmental problems are caused by human management decisions, and only through wholesale changes in the way decisions are made can functioning ecosystems be restored. In response to that startling discovery, Savory began to develop a revolutionary new approach to decision-making and management. Known initially as Holistic Resource Management, and now as simply Holistic Management, it considers humans, their economies, and the environment as inseparable. It includes a common-sense decision-making framework that requires no specialized knowledge or elaborate technology to utilize, and is applicable in any environment or management situation. At the heart of the approach lies a simple testing process that enables people to make decisions that simultaneously consider economic, social, and environmental realities, both short- and long-term.<p>Holistic Management is a newly revised and updated edition of Holistic Resource Management (Island Press, 1988), which was the first book-length treatment of Savory's decision-making framework and how it could be applied. A decade of trial-and-error implementation has strengthened and clarified the book's ideas, and has expanded the scope of the process to include all manner of decisions and management situations, not just those that relate to land and resource management.<p>Holistic Management has been practiced by thousands of people around the world to profitably restore and promote the health of their land through practices that mimic nature, and by many others who have sought a more rewarding personal or family life. This book is an essential handbook for anyone involved with land management and stewardship-ranchers, farmers, resource managers, and others-and a valuable guide for all those seeking to make better decisions within their organizations or in any aspect of their personal lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559634885
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 616
  • Sales rank: 707,886
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction
1 Changing the Way We Make Decisions 3
Pt. II Four Key Insights
2 The Power of Paradigms 13
3 The Whole Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts 17
4 Viewing Environments a Whole New Way 28
5 The Predator-Prey Connection 37
6 Timing Is Everything 41
7 A New Framework for Management and Decision Making 50
Pt. III The Power Lies in the Holistic Goal
8 Defining the Whole: What Are You Managing? 59
9 Forming a Holistic Goal: What Is It You Really Want? 67
10 Developing a Sense of Ownership: Are You Sure That's What You Really Want? 86
Pt. IV The Ecosystem That Sustains Us All
11 The Four Fundamental Processes That Drive Our Ecosystem 101
12 Water Cycle: The Circulation of Civilization's Life Blood 104
13 Community Dynamics: The Ever-Changing Patterns in the Development of Living Communities 120
14 Mineral Cycle: The Circulation of Life-Sustaining Nutrients 141
15 Energy Flow: The Flow of Fuel That Animates All Life 149
Pt. V The Tools We Use to Manage Our Ecosystem
16 From Stone Age Spears to Genetic Engineering 167
17 Money and Labor: One or Both of These Tools Is Always Required 171
18 Human Creativity: Key to Using All Tools Effectively 178
19 Fire: The Most Ancient Tool 182
20 Rest: The Most Misunderstood Tool 195
21 Grazing: The Most Abused Tool 216
22 Animal Impact: The Least Used Tool 236
23 Living Organisms: The Most Complex Tool 250
24 Technology: The Most Used Tool 258
Pt. VI Testing Your Decisions
25 Making Economically, Environmentally, and Socially Sound Decisions 267
26 Cause and Effect: Stop the Blows to Your Head Before You Take the Aspirin 273
27 Weak Link: The Strength of a Chain Is That of Its Weakest Link 284
28 Marginal Reaction: Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck 294
29 Gross Profit Analysis: Bringing in the Most Money for the Least Additional Cost 302
30 Energy and Money: Using the Most Appropriate Forms in the Most Constructive Way 310
31 Sustainability: Generating Lasting Wealth 316
32 Society and Culture: Personal Values and Social Responsibility 326
Pt. VII Completing the Feedback Loop
33 Monitoring Your Plans and Keeping on Track 335
Pt. VIII Some Practical Guidelines for Management
34 Lessons Learned in Practice 345
35 Learning and Practice: Shifting Your Paradigms 348
36 Organization and Leadership: Creating an Environment That Nurtures Creativity 359
37 Marketing: Developing a Strategy in Line with Your Holistic Goal 368
38 Time: When to Expose and Reexpose Plants and Soils to Animals 378
39 Stock Density and Herd Effect: Using Animals to Shape the Landscape 396
40 Cropping: Practices That More Closely Mimic Nature 413
41 Burning: When and How to Burn, and What to Do Before and After 430
42 Population Management: Look to Age Structure Rather Than Numbers, Diversity Rather Than Single Species 439
Pt. IX Planning Procedures Unique to Holistic Management
43 Departing from the Conventional 459
44 Holistic Financial Planning: Creating the Financial Roadmap to Your Holistic Goal 463
45 Holistic Land Planning: Developing Infrastructure on Large Tracts of Land 486
46 Holistic Grazing Planning: Getting Animals to the Right Place, at the Right Time, and for the Right Reasons 501
Pt. X New Perspectives
47 Expanding the Uses of the Holistic Management Model 527
48 Diagnosing the Cause of Problems 529
49 Making Research Relevant 538
50 Creating Sound Policies 545
Pt. XI Conclusion
51 Changing Course: Creating the Future We Want 559
Glossary 569
References 573
Notes 597
Index 603
About the Center for Holistic Management 620
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2001

    lfe changing as no other book

    no matter the resoures you manage, this book will enrich understanding of how natural systems work and interrelate. it has had tremendous impact on our family and is a major reason why we are part of the smithsonium exhibit 'Listening to the prairie' which is traveling the usa now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2000

    A Must For Those Concerned About Creating Healthy Land, People & Economies!

    This book sheds light on the root causes of so many of today's problems. Savory lays out brilliant road map for people who desire a high quality of life, prosperity, and a healthy ecosystem. Reading this book has shown me how I can honor my values and contribute to building a world that is sustainable. I will use these concepts and planning procedures to enhance manageability in my business, home, community, and on my farm.

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